THE WHITEST SAND IN THE WORLD? FOUND AT HYAMS BEACH IN NSW, AUSTRALIA

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Squinting my eyes from the impenetrable glare of the midday sun beaming down on top of me, I hastened to retrieve my sunglasses from my backpack and put them on. It has been claimed Hyams Beach had the whitest sand in the world by many visitors before me. And they aren’t wrong.

With my now protected eyes settling on the coastal vista in front of me, I was pleasantly affronted with most majestic beach I’d ever seen.

“Am I really in Australia?” I asked my friend. She confirmed I was, not before giving me a very strange look.

Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, and growing up by the coast has resulted in me being somewhat of a critic. And yet here I was standing at Hyams Beach feeling completely stumped. I had never come across a beach so uninhabited and pristine in Australia.

As I gazed down the beach and looked out over the ocean, the salt water appeared to have been dip dyed with various shades of blues ranging from ice blue, Tiffany blue, turquoise blue and navy blue.

Stepping onto what can only be described as sand so soft I felt like I was walking on Johnsons & Johnsons baby powder, I couldn’t tear the smile from my face. This is what travel is about! Discovering new places and being completely and utterly in awe of them.

Hyams Beach is enchanting. Wedged between Murrays Beach and Greenpath, the beach backs onto the lush emerald foliage of the Booderee National Park with headlands offering cliff top hiking trails through the native forest for the adventurous.

For those looking for water-based activities, the options are endless. Take your pick from swimming, fishing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, windsurfing and sea kayaking.

To escape the tourist grind, walk barefoot halfway down the beach and escape into a post card paradise where you will find yourself in seclusion – my style of beaching.

Placing my white and yellow striped towel on the buttery soft sand, I slide my sunglasses off to take in the Booderee National Park playing backdrop to the white sands and the ocean blues. The colour palette of moss green, clear white and turquoise blue of Hyams Beach is by far, quintessentially Australian.

TRIP NOTES Where: Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney. When: September to February for the warm summer months and March to August for the cooler winter months Cost: Parking is free but limited to get to Hyams Beach early Stay: There are a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets including seaside cottages, holiday houses, camping, modern homes and beach houses Eat: Visit the iconic seaside family run Hyams Beach Café for fresh local produce and meals